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I love swimming, not competitive swimming but the relaxing, just for fun kind. Although I was a synchronized swimmer growing up and I did love that. We even went to the Oregon State Games for synchronized swimming. I'm talking about outdoor, summer swimming though.
Outdoor, open water swimming feels so freeing. Floating around, weightless, gliding through the smooth water. The sun on my shoulders. It’s one of my favorite things in the world.
One of the things that I love about being in the water is that I can't really not be present in the moment when I’m swimming. I am sort of always aware of how cool the water feels on my hot skin and how light I feel. How refreshing the water is. How you have to actively stay above water. It is an amazing feeling.
I recently tried something new in the water. I tried stand up paddleboarding and I absolutely loved it! I went into it thinking it would be really hard and that I wouldn’t be able to stand up on the board, let alone stand on my knees or even sit on it. I don’t have the best balance or the smallest body so I just assumed it would be too hard for me.
I am so glad that I tried it though, because I loved it! I can’t wait to do it again, hopefully soon. Standing out there in the sun, balancing my body on the board, with the water all around me, surrounded by the beautiful outdoors. I felt at peace. I felt strong and brave.
I think in our everyday lives it is easy to not really pay attention to everything that’s going on right in front of us. There are so many distractions. It’s easy to just go about life without really being present in each moment. Just moving from one thing to the next of things that need to get done and not really being aware of all of the beautiful little moments that are taking place right around you.
For me, sometimes, being present has to be intentional. I have to remind myself that it’s all of the little moments in life that make up the most important memories. It’s being there for my kids when they need me to pay attention to them that helps build up trust that they will need when something bigger comes up later in life. It’s taking that phone call from a friend that you know really just needs you to listen and take their side so they can feel loved and respected. It’s putting your phone down and making eye contact when someone is talking to you, so that they know that you are there with them in that moment.
When you take the time in those little moments to really be fully present, you might start to see things differently. You might start to realize that there are so many little amazing moments in your day that are really incredible. You might start to seek out those moments in your day just to see what is possible. You might even start to realize that life is beautiful, every messy, busy, crazy moment of it.
I hope you will continue to join me on this journey. Take time today to look for those little moments.
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